Letter to the Editor

Fairbanks: Thriving or diving?

To the editor:  A city does not thrive when its mayor uses the city’s dwindling pubic resources for his own personal use (Daily News-Miner, July 11). A city does not thrive when its mayor does not understand or value the human resources in outlying areas that are vital to the economic survival of the city (Daily News-Miner, March 2). A city does not thrive when its mayor disregards the advice and wishes of over a hundred local businesses, our city Diversity Council and the citizen-elected Fairbanks City Council to veto, of all things, a human rights ordinance (Daily News-Miner, March 2). This brought negative national press. These are not the kinds of things that attract new people and new businesses to our area. Fairbanks simply can’t take three more years of this kind of “thriving.”

With all of the recent funding cuts, loss of population, and closing of businesses, we need a mayor who recognizes that the status quo is not going to cut it, that the city needs to move forward to meet the new challenges coming our way. We need a new mayor who has the experience and support needed to deal effectively with the future changes to Fairbanks.

Kathryn Dodge, a Fairbanksan since the early ’70’s, has experienced all of the city’s highs and lows through the years. She has seen what works in local government and what doesn’t. Dodge is a UAF alum with a degree in organization management and is a founder of the UAF small business development program. In addition, she has served us on the Borough Assembly from 2012-2018.

Dodge is a proven champion of public safety, civic engagement, and human rights. She knows that we all have to work together (city and surrounding area) to move forward and truly thrive.

Please help Fairbanks to move forward together to meet the new challenges coming our way. Vote for Kathryn Dodge for mayor on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

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